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A Brief History of Southend Carnival and the Carnival Archive Project. By Lowell Weir – BA (HONS) & PGCE And Samantha Carter – BA (HONS) & MA. UK Centre for Carnival Arts. In 2006 UKCCA contacted carnivals up and down the country to see if there was a need for a national carnival archive

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a brief history of southend carnival and the carnival archive project

A Brief History of Southend Carnival and the Carnival Archive Project

By Lowell Weir – BA (HONS) & PGCE

And

Samantha Carter – BA (HONS) & MA

uk centre for carnival arts
UK Centre for Carnival Arts

In 2006 UKCCA contacted carnivals up and down the country to see if there was a need for a national carnival archive

In March 2011 UKCCA received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop a regional digital carnival archive

The project will research and develop learning resources from the archive materials e.g. newspaper articles, photographs, carnival programmes, etc.

We will also record people’s carnival experiences and they will be placed on the archive for future generations to enjoy

what have i ve learned about carnivals so far
What have I’ve learned about Carnivals so far?

In Brazil they have carnival leagues and teams get promoted and relegated

A carnival troop can be paid over two million pounds by the Brazilian government to make their carnival floats

One Brazilian carnival troop is the size of the whole of Notting hill Carnival

How much money do you think Notting Hill Carnival brings into local community over the bank holiday weekend?

the beginning of southend carnival
The beginning of Southend Carnival

Southend Carnival began in 1905 as a method of raising money for the local hospital.

Why would locals need to raise money for the hospital?

Hint : In 1905, there was no….?

brief history of southend carnival
Brief History of Southend Carnival

The procession would take 3 hours to pass along the 6.4 mile long route

It attracted an audience of 100,000 people

Heinz was one of the main sponsors

Southend Carnival used to take place over seven days.

Carnival reached its peak in popularity in 1938, holding 17 different events. it was known as the most famous and largest carnival in England.

carnival during the second world war
Carnival during the Second World War
  • At the end of August 1939 Southend was celebrating carnival week. The next week war was declared.
  • Visitors were banned from entering Southend, locals were evacuated and the military were moved in.

The population fell from 135,000 to 50,500

1939 was the last carnival in Southend until 1946

brief history of southend carnival quiz
Brief History of Southend CarnivalQuiz

At it’s height, of popularity, in 1938 how many people do you think attended Southend Carnival?

A: 2000 people

B: 10,000 people

C: 100,000 people

answer
Answer

C: 100,000 people

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Brief History of Southend CarnivalQuiz

In 2011 what was the total weight of the 1p and 2p coins collected on the procession route?

8 tons

video clip of southend carnival 1937
Video clip of Southend carnival - 1937

http://www.britishpathe.com/video/southend-carnival-3/query/fancy